CARBON -- The Town of Carbon implemented the first phase of its new storm water project during a special meeting Wednesday evening at the Carbon Town Hall.
President Josephine Rightsell, board member Dennis Rightsell and town attorney Eric Somheil discussed two bids from Indianapolis companies which will survey a portion of property to be used as a water detention/holding pond to ensure it meets project standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Although $600 separated the proposals offered by Mundell and Associates, Inc. and Patriot Engineering, the board approved Mundell's $2,800 bid for the survey work, the higher of the two bids. After reviewing the proposal, the board members anticipated the company to begin their survey as soon as possible, with results expected within two weeks of the its completion.
If the company finds any potential contamination on the property a second phase of testing will be required to fulfill the standards necessary to construct the pond, which Mundell estimated would cost an additional $8,000.
An amount of $11,000 was allotted in the project, if needed, for both studies required by the EPA, which Somheil said the town would be able to come in under budget if Mundell determined them necessary.
The water detention/holding pond will be located in an area between Cedar and Inv streets in the northwest portion of Carbon, which is owned by resident Bob English.
English told The Brazil Times the town needs the project.
"There's a lot of standing water in the area when it rains," he said about the damaged clay tile drainage system, which virtually has no workable drainpipes, that was designed in the 1900s.
"It's so dilapidated that it's almost like not having one at all," Dennis Rightsell explained at a board meeting in August, adding that the standing water causes a mosquito problem during warmer months. "We have been trying for years to make Carbon a better place to live."
The $901,000 project was designed by LADD Engineering Inc., Lebanon, Ind. The board expects to advertise for construction bids shortly after the Department of Commerce releases the project grant funding on Jan. 30. With a $500,000 grant, the town will have to match the amount with $401,000 in funds to support the project. The deadline for the board to have completed the bidding process is May 31.
The board is not obligated to accept the lowest construction bid offered, but Somheil said they would have to justify the selection of a higher bid.
Construction is expected to begin in the spring to install pipes underground around the town to divert excess storm water away from around homes and roadways after heavy rains. Expected to take six months to a year to complete, officials say local residents shouldn't be inconvenienced during the project because construction will only be on property owned by the town, not on any property owned by local residents.